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Construction: can a company in liquidation refer a dispute to adjudication?

The Technology and Construction Court (TCC) has delivered a significant judgment in Michael J Lonsdale (Electrical) Ltd v Bresco Electrical Services Ltd (in Liquidation) [2018] EWHC 2043 (TCC) where the company seeking to refer a dispute to adjudication was in liquidation. The substance of the dispute related to the contractor’s claim for payment allegedly due for […]

Overseas companies and UK property – all change in 2021

By Maria Connolly At the end of July, the Draft Registration of Overseas Entities Bill was published. The intention is that, from 2021, overseas entities wanting  to deal in certain UK property will have to register in the overseas entities register (OER). Why will overseas entities have to register?

Hackitt review: Response suggests further extension of the regime

By Adrian Mansbridge As outlined in our previous articles covering what lies ahead for high rise regulation and the proposed ban on flammable cladding the legislative programme to implement the recommendations of the Hackitt review and to address broader concerns is already underway. However, as anticipated, political concerns have already led to these proposals being “beefed up”…

Use of behavioural biometrics brings privacy issues under GDPR

By Alex Towers With cybertheft and data breaches becoming an increasingly common occurrence, the need to rapidly and accurately identify fraud has driven the development of behavioural biometrics as a means to target automated attacks and suspicious transactions. However, for the technology to function, companies must amass libraries of biometric personal data to construct profiles…

Supreme Court rules a ‘right to litigate’ cannot be assigned to a third party

By Rebecca MacCann What happens if you assign your right to litigate to a person or company that is unconnected to the event that creates the right to litigate? In the recent Supreme Court case of SPV Osus Ltd v­ HSBC Institutional Trust Services (Ireland) Limited & Ors [2018] IESC 44, the Supreme Court held […]

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Property: Can I get a witness?

Identifying the right expert witness and drilling them as to what will be expected are crucial precursors to having them take the stand and satisfy a judge, argues Gerard Khoshnaw The art of choosing, instructing and managing experts is often underestimated and given insufficient attention and focus. Property disputes that result in litigation can often […]

Russian off at Hogan Lovells

Much like the oil companies it covets as clients, Hogan Lovells’ Moscow office is leaking a major resource all over the place. The latest to head off is dispute resolution partner Dominic Pellow, who has left to become a practice head at Baker Botts (see story). Pellow is the third partner to leave since the […]

Eversheds rebuilds Copenhagen after senior partner walkout

Eversheds has appointed two partners in Copenhagen to replace former senior partner Troels Askerud. Eversheds has appointed two partners in Copenhagen to replace former senior partner Troels Askerud. Partners Sam Jalaei and Nikolaj Juhl Hansen will share the role of senior office partner after Askerud announced earlier this month that he was leaving the firm […]

WFW launches Spanish tax practice with PwC hire

Watson Farley & Williams (WFW) has launched a tax practice in Spain after hiring a lawyer from PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC). Luis Soto joins WFW’s Madrid office, which opened in 2009, from Landwell PriceWaterhouseCoopers Tax & Legal Services after 15 years at the firm. He joins as a partner in the international tax group. Soto is a […]

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